Saturday, November 8, 2014

Everyday Tank Tour: Reversible Zip Up Hoodie Style

Hey everyone - I was asked a while back to join in the Everyday Tank Pattern with Serger Pepper.  I jumped in before thinking about the fact that by the time the post would be due it would be COLD!!!!  Well dang.  Luckily Irene was all for us mixing up the pattern and giving it our own spin.... I really love when designers give us free reign since my brain has a hard time sticking to the script.

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So I thought about my boys and what they like - well they love hoods, and they love things with pockets, and they love zippers.  Voila: Zip Up Hoodie Vest!

Asher loves his so so much ;o)

This version is actually reversible since I did a full lining.  The arm bindings I did bias style so that there is a clean finish inside and out.

To make this a zip up, I simply cut the front in two pieces rather than on the fold.... the one thing I forgot was to add seam allowance for the zipper.... oops, luckily Ash is a skinny monkey, so it is all good.  I also left the front neck line at the original height, but I think in a future one for Bex, I might raise it up a bit, as the drop scoop neck is perfect for girls, but no quite as perfect for boys.

I am so happy with how this turned out!!!  I used two Euro knits from Mabel Madison (can those mustaches and top hats be any cuter!?!?!?) for the outside, and then lined the garment with a thicker interlock for a bit more warmth and stability.

*note - the android galaxy does not quite fit in these pockets ;op  I have such a technology addict on my hands - and no, that phone is not his, it is his fathers....but he sure thinks it is his!

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Monday, November 3, 2014

Dear My Kids: Trendy Unisex Peacoat

I can't believe that it has been a year since I was able to complete in Flip This Pattern.  It was an amazing experience - not just because I won (that was super fun), but because the pants I made became the inspiration for my first Boy's Pattern Design - the Aviator Pants.

Today I am back to kick off this month's Flip pattern - the Trendy Unisex Coat by Dear My Kids.

I really love Pea Coats, they are stylish, have clean lines, and will always be a classic.  I kept my version true to the pattern aside from the arm bands, while I love the detail - I just wanted to let the fabric sing.

This amazing cord is from Mabel Madison - my daughter LOVES it, the vibrant colors, the softness, what's not to love!!!  I lined the coat with warm black fleece so that this coat will work perfectly for fall and spring.  I'm dreaming up a winter version with wool, thinsulate, and flannel or Sherpa as a lining.

If you are looking for an easy sew - this pattern is perfect.  It is just 4 pattern pieces and button holes, easy peasy.  Since it is a simple design, it lends itself to amazing flips; and I can't wait to see what all the contestants have in store this week!  I'm hoping to see some pockets.....I want to add pockets to a future one I make ;o)

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween - or day after halloween.....

I had grand and glorious plans that we would do a Family Frozen theme this year with Mack as Toddler Anna, me as Traveling Anna, Hubs as Olaf, and the boys as Kristoff and Hans - it would have been sooooooooooo cute ;o)  However, I am glad that it all fell apart....

Beckett came up to me one day and said 'I don't want to be Kristoff, I want to be Superhero'.  Ummmmmmmmm, wait, what!?!?!?  He went on... "I want to be a Superhero with a Green shirt and orange boots!'  Oh dang, he has thought this through - no way I am talking him out of it.  So with one down, the other boy jumped ship as well... or maybe he jumped 'onto' a ship as he ended up being a Pirate ;op

Mack I got to keep as Anna - A. because SHE wanted to be Anna, and B. because I loved the idea of her being the toddler version of Anna from the beginning of the movie!

We had a great time, we actually went out for three different events!!!!  This might seem like a lot, but I love the kids getting to dress up and run around being kids and having fun, and if I am going to make their costumes I sure as heck want them to be worn more than once.

First outing was at the Baseball Stadium: (this is our third year going and we will probably skip it next year...just waiting in line for a long time)

The main pictures are from our Community Trick or Treat Night - which was Thursday because of a home football game this weekend for PSU.
I threw together a stuffed Olaf Thursday afternoon to bring the final touch to the outfit, <3

Third Outing was on Halloween night to the mall - it was crazy crowded and stores were running out of candy in the first 15-20 minutes, I'm thinking we will probably skip this in the future as well.

2 families - 6 toddlers, and we didn't loose a single one (thanks Nana for being an extra set of hands!!!!)

We met neighbors, got to hang out with friends, and got to watch our kids do a fairly consistent job of saying 'Thank You' at each stop.

Hope you had a great time with friends and family as well!!!!!!

Friday, October 31, 2014

Blank Slate Sewing Team

In case you had missed it, I am a member of the Blank Slate Sewing Team for the next year (at least.... I hope longer!)  I have so much respect for Melissa and am absolutely inspired by her on a daily basis - so it is an honor and a privilege of be on this team!
For my first team sew, I chose the Shorline Boatneck.... you know me a nd my love of versatility.   Head on over to the blog to check out all my photos and my tutorial for creating your own contrasting yoke shoreline!!!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Aviator World Wide Tour: Day 8

Today we take a trip to Germany!!!  The lovely Elke of Pulsinchen is joining in on the tour with her own take on the women's Aviators.  She did denim on denim and I am completely in love! Can we also just agree for a second that she totally looks like a model!!!

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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Aviator World Wide Tour: Day Seven

You know - I have been having so much fun seeing all of these amazing creations, that I have decided to EXTEND the tour, discount code, and chance to win free prizes!!!!  Yep - you have until the 28th to grab your pattern and to share any creation you have made from a Winter Wear Designs pattern.  Use #aviatortour so that I can find your entry!!!!

Today we have the amazing Emily from Lady and the Gents sharing her Aviator Creation..... can I have your shoes?????

Check out all her photos and her thoughts on the Women's Aviators over on her Blog!

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Aviator World Wide Tour: Day 6

Oh the Fun!!!!!!
Today we have a Halloween costume and a 'Mommy & Me' set...............  and I love both so much!!!!

First up is Cat Woman in her finest ready to prowl the streets for Trick or Treat.  Kelly of Handmade Boy already regaled us with her own comfy women's Aviators, but I was so excited when she told me that she wanted to make another pair to complete her daughter's Halloween costume!!!!  Check out all of her pictures of this Kitty Crusader!

Then we have Heather of Feather's Flights - I just love working with Heather on various projects, she always knows how to bring in her own sense of style and her sweet personality is just what you want to brighten your day.  Check out the Aviators that she made for herself and her son!!!

Don't forget to grab your discount code and add some Winter Wear Designs to your own collection!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Aviator Pants World Wide Tour: Day 5

Looking for some great maternity wear - look no further than the Aviator Pants!!!  Sarah Lynn (Aka 'Scary' of the Shaffer Sisters - who is the least 'scary' person ever, love this girl!!!) joined in the tour and had a super awesome and simple adaptation to make the Aviators last your entire pregnancy and to keep you fashionable as you recover and bounce back after the baby is born.
Make sure to check out her amazing photoshoot and tutorial and grab your own mama friendly Aviator Pants TODAY!!!!!

There is plenty more tour to come, so stay tuned - and make sure you link up your WWD creations on Face Book with #aviatortour for a chance to win free patterns!!!!!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Aviator World Wide Tour: Day 4

It is Day 4 and today you get to see some Aviators on BOYS ;o)

Sabra of Sew a Straight Line is showing off two pairs of Aviators..... and a quite funny story of sewing gone wrong and a 'make it work' moment!  You have to head over there to read all about it!!!!!

Don't forget to grab your discount code for 15% off the whole shop and a special bundle deal on the Kids and Women's Aviators combined!!!!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Aviator Pants World Wide Tour: Day 3

Welcome back..... hope you are having as much fun seeing all these variations as I am!!!!

Today there are two in depth reviews of the Aviator Pants for Women over at Pattern Revolution.  These will give you all the details about the pattern that you might have been wondering about.

If you have been wondering about the children's version, there is a great review of those HERE.

And Kelly of Handmade Boy is sharing not one but TWO pairs of Aviators that she has already made for herself (plus a pair she made for her daughter and another for her son - I think I have a fan!!!!)

There is tons more fun to come - stay tuned!!!!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Aviator World Wide Tour: Day 2

Welcome back tot he tour, today we hop over to see what Karly of Paisley Roots has sewn up.  I love her comfy lounge take on this pattern - and it just shows how versatile this pattern can be!!!
Head on over to Paisley Roots to see all the details of her look.

And don't forget - 15% off my Etsy Shop(excluding bundles) with code: AVIATORTOUR, or a special bundle deal on the Women's and Children's combined patterns for a savings of over 30%!!! Plus link up anything you have sewn from Winter Wear Designs on the Facebook PDF Sales and Promotion Group #AviatorTour and you could win 2 patterns of your choice (good for the next 12 months with plenty of new patterns on the horizon).

Monday, October 20, 2014

Aviator World Tour: Day One

Welcome to day One of the Aviator World Tour (Sorry this is going up so late in the day, I have been driving back from Massachusetts since very early this morning with three very loud toddlers in the car!!!!).

But today - on day ONE, we stop over at Pattern Revolution with Nichole Akre..... can I just say that she is stunning and sooooooooooooooooooo stylish, I am loving the aviators paired with a blazer and short boots!!!!!
Head on over to Pattern Revolution and boost that lady's confidence with how amazing she looks!!!!

And come back tomorrow for more stops on the tour.... Don't forget, for a limited time only you can get 15% off my Etsy Shop (excluding bundles) with code: AVIATORTOUR, or a special bundle deal on the Women's and Children's combined patterns for a savings of over 30%!!!  Plus link up anything you have sewn from Winter Wear Designs on the Facebook PDF Sales and Promotion Group #AviatorTour and you could win 2 patterns of your choice (good for the next 12 months with plenty of new patterns on the horizon).

Hugs and Happy sewing!!!!